From the moment you were conceived, I loved you! I didn’t know what to do, but for you, I would climb any mountain to give you a better life.

I carried you in my belly for 9 months. My body changed, nights became restless and I felt every kick and somersault. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it. I spent sleepless nights worrying about you and our future.

I was nervous and scared. I didn’t know how to be a mother. Where would we live? How would I provide for you? I knew I needed help but I didn’t know who to ask. Then, I found Maggie’s Place.

Maggie’s Place welcomed us with open arms. I’ve never felt such love from strangers. The volunteers and MissionCorps showed us such love. They held you when you cried and watched you grow. They soon became our family and Maggie’s Place became our home.

I learned what it means to be a parent, how to set goals and manage a budget. I gained the confidence and support I needed, and for the first time, I saw our future clearly.

One day you will understand. Once you become a parent, the only thing that matters is your child. I discovered that true love is messy. It’s waking up in the middle of the night to feed you or change your diaper. It’s working all day and all night to provide for you. It’s finding the courage to ask for help. I learned that being a mother is about self-sacrifice.

I am your mother and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

 

By Katie Hopkins, a MissionCorps member